March: what do we do list
Usually this is easy. However, the weather has made it a little bit confusing when it comes to hive management so, I'm going to post what my plan of action will be. I welcome feedback.
I see an early nectar flow started already. So I'm checking my hives to see if the 75% rule is getting violated. 7 to 8+ frames of bees packed in with standing room only in 3 of my hives. So on went the supers. One has to decide if one is going to use queen extrudes. If one decides too, supers need built comb on it. If you don't have comb pre-built put super on for a few days unit they build on a couple of frames, then put extruded on. Lots of new babies itching to make comb.
Or, do an inspection to see if a honey line is in place. Queen normally will not cross a honey line. My queens aren't normal. I normally (me normal?) don't use extruded but I'm always trying something new.
Don't get to excited or worried and rush the supers, because they still need to keep the hive warm.
My super had a little honey in it. So, I'll be watching the weather. All those bees need to eat (like me). So, if there's a weather forecast of a couple of days of cold or rain, put some food on top of frames. Hopefully, we won't have a cold snap and freeze the larva.
The bees are going to need water. At the farm,20 hives, I see the water the bucket drop a gallon per day.
It is fast approaching. If a split is in your future, remember 80 degree day to minimize egg deaths.
If one sees a swarm and can't use it call someone in the club. I have read that 83% of swarms die, that are not captured. Even, some of the captured swarms die for a number of reasons.
Last years our first swarm was April 11th. I think, based on weather we will see them in March.
Doug Anderson passed on to me a swarm was captured in Virginia Beach already this year.
Keeping my fingers crossed!
Bee safe wear your vail!